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RED BANK: SUMMER SCENE AT THE STATION

luis 072516 1SUMMER-SCENESTrains didn’t look like this, or run on electricity, when the Red Bank train station was built in 1875. But while technology has evolved over the past 141 years, the station itself has maintained its Victorian charm, thanks to the efforts of preservationists and periodic refurbishment work, as in the four-year, $1.6-million facelift that concluded in 2014, when it was named for late Mayor and Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. O’Hern Sr.

In this week’s Summer Scenes photo, Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado captures the old and the new at the station, as well as the sensation of moving and staying, in beautiful light, both natural and man-made (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: A SUMMER STREET SCENE

summer scene 1SUMMER-SCENESAs seen from the roof of the Globe Court parking deck in Red Bank: the intersection of East Front Street and Globe Court, awash in summer sunlight.

This photo marks the debut of a summer-long photography internship at redbankgreen for Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado, a Red Bank Middle School student. Luis came to our attention after his photo of baby birds in a nest won the Spring edition of the borough Parks and Rec department’s photo contest. That photo was taken with a cellphone with a cracked screen, but Luis has since graduated to a new SLR, thanks to a birthday gift from his parents.

Tune in every Monday this summer for a new photo by Luis.  (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RUMSON: BATCHLER BACKERS DEMAND ACTION

batchler 071216Former R-FH head football coach Bryan Batchler at Tuesday’s board meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Five months after former Rumson-Fair Haven Regional football coach Bryan Batchler was cleared of criminal wrongdoing over alleged inappropriate contact with a student, several dozen supporters demanded Tuesday night that he be reinstated.

Batchler, who has been on paid administrative leave from teaching for eight months and was stripped of his coaching job in February, told redbankgreen that Superintendent Pete Righi is now trying to oust him, via a tenure-revocation case, from the job he’s held since 2008.  Read More »

SHREWSBURY: CYMCA COMBATS YOUTH SUICIDE

Press release from The Community YMCA

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people between the ages of 10 and 24 — and here in Monmouth County, The Community YMCA is taking the lead in a coalition aimed at preventing youth suicide.

The Traumatic Loss Coalition for Youth is a year-round statewide program created to provide support for schools and communities who have experienced suicide or other traumatic loss, and to work together to prevent suicide. The Monmouth County coalition is made up of over 140 members, including school personnel, medical personnel, law enforcement officials and mental health providers.

The Shrewsbury-based Community YMCA was selected in November 2015 to lead the local arm of the statewide network. The program is operated by the Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, and funded by the New Jersey Department of Children & Families, Division of Children’s System of Care.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR TEENS, ALUMS HONORED

AndrewKroonScholThe Red Bank Regional students selected as winners of this year’s Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship Award are pictured with members of the selection committee. Left to right: Manuel Sandoval Valverde and Wendy Galdamez; committee members Dan Levine, Coni Lefferts and Chris Rumph; and Javier Veliz.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At the 16th annual Source Foundation Awards Reception, Red Bank Regional High School Source Director Suzanne Keller introduced the school-based youth service program’s mission as “removing all obstacles that impede a student’s success”  — and on the evening of June 2, several community members were recognized for doing just that.

Motivational speaker Matthew Stevens was honored for his work with Source clinician Sean Macon’s Boys 2 Men program, in inspiring father and son relationships as well as a “dress for success” motivational program.

Three other community volunteers — Jessica Kostenblatt of the Monmouth County Mental Health Organization, Monmouth University student Gianna Cusanelli, and RBR alumnus Luke Roskowinski — shared the Community Partnership award for answering a sudden need that developed in the RBR community.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN JUNIORS LAUDED

RFH juniorsPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School were recognized by the Board of Education and administration prior to a scheduled meeting on the evening of June 14.

The annual Junior Awards ceremony honors students who have been selected for prestigious awards based on outstanding achievements. A list of the students honored at this year’s ceremony appears after the break.

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RED BANK: TWEET THIS PHOTO

luis santamaria 060816Red Bank Middle School seventh grader Luis Santamaria shows off his photo of baby birds waiting to be fed in their nest before he was honored by the borough council Wednesday night.

The photo was one of four selected as winners in the latest round of seasonal photo contests sponsored by the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department, and earned Luis a certificate as well as a portfolio review by professional photographers Liz and Bob McKay of McKay Imaging Photography on Monmouth Street.

Luis told redbankgreen he takes lots of photos, and for this one, got as close as he could to the birds without disturbing them and snapped the shot with his cracked-screen cellphone. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SUMMIT ENDS RFH GIRLS LACROSSE SEASON

Four days after winning their first ever group championship on Saturday, the girls’ lacrosse squad of Rumson-Fair Haven fell to Summit, 10-4, in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions at Monmouth University Wednesday.

Kyra Weiner led the Bulldogs with two goals and Jacqueline Littleson and Elizabeth Scarrone accounted for the other RFH tallies, but the Hilltoppers scored six straight goals to break a 4-4 second half tie.  RFH finished an historic season with a 25-2 record.

Watch the highlights and post-game interviews here from Shore Sports Zone.

LITTLE SILVER: PLAYING IT SAFE AT PROM TIME

MockcrashLocal responders staged a mock crash outside Red Bank Regional High School on May 27, as part of Project Prom activities to encourage students to make safe choices during Prom. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every year, Red Bank Regional High School sends off its seniors to have a wonderful, safe time at the prom. Just prior to that, they try in the most elaborate ways to discourage bad choices of drinking and distracted driving in what is known as the Project Prom Program.

On May 27, a mock crash was conducted on the school’s front campus, with the help of the sending towns’ fire, police and emergency medical services. The Little Silver and Shrewsbury Fire Departments employed their “jaws of life” equipment to extricate the mock student victims from their potential death-trap automobile wrecks.  The New Jersey State Police South Star helicopter crew landed at RBR and simulated a medi-vac flight of one victim to the nearest trauma center, while another went to the neighborhood hospital. A hearse from John Day’s Funeral Home took away one certain fatality.

Project Prom was created 11 years ago by Little Silver Police Officer Peter Gibson, who subsequently served as RBR’s first School Resource Officer (SRO). The present SRO, Robert Chenoweth, coordinates the program at RBR under Officer Gibson’s community leadership.

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SHREWSBURY: RBR’S PIERCE SCORES A FIRST

Jonathan PierceRed Bank Regional senior Jonathan Pierce of Shrewsbury (pictured above and below) made New Jersey sports history as the only high school athlete to achieve 1000 saves in both ice hockey and lacrosse.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Jon PierceThis year, Red Bank Regional High School senior Jonathan Pierce of Shrewsbury achieved a feat that no other athlete has in New Jersey history: he registered 1000 saves in the two sports of ice hockey and lacrosse.

Jon was subsequently named the New Jersey Sporting News Ice Hockey Player of the Year, in addition to achieving the status of lacrosse saves leader in the Shore Conference. He was also named second team all-division B North. A student in RBR’s Academy of Finance, Jon will go on to attend Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA this fall, on an academic scholarship where he will also play lacrosse.

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RED BANK: GIFTS FOR RBR ‘A’ STUDENTS

RBR Source Lunch BreakThe Encourage an “A” Program from The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional celebrated its graduating seniors and gifted them with items they can use for college next year.  Pictured (standing, left to right) are Lexi Buffaloe, Olivia Nooney, Cecilia Gunderson, Jazmin Graham, Annmarie Melfi, and (seated, left to right) Dominique Bryan, Aliyyah Muhammad, Vandeka Rodgers, Day-Maris McMillan.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Recently, a newly appointed dining room at Red Bank’s nonprofit Lunch Break facility hosted this year’s Encourage an “A” Program, operated by The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional High School.

Now in its thirteenth year, the program encourages educational excellence in their students, awarding such gifts as flat screen TVs, HP computers, wireless headphones, a GoPro Camera and many gift cards to eligible students who earn from two to eight “A” grades in their third marking period. This year, 63 students qualified for the incentives, with the value of the gifts increasing with the number of As earned.

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RFH GIRLS ARE STATE LACROSSE CHAMPS

On a hot day on the turf at Kean University, the Rumson-Fair Haven girls lacrosse team never gave up the lead in a 14-11 win over Bernards to capture their first-ever Group 2 state championship finals Saturday.

RFH put together a balanced scoring attack. Kyra Weiner had 3 goals and 2 assists and Morgan Steinhacker also had a hat trick to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Bernards got as close as 5-4 in the first half, but RFH pulled away to take an 8-5 lead at the half and scored the first three goals of the second half.  Watch the highlights and post-game interviews here from Shore Sports Zone .

RFH STUDENTS CREATE iBOOKS FOR ORPHANS

RFH French_II_StudentsRumson-Fair Haven French II students Thomas Montalbano, Chloe Reynolds, and Kenneth (Kenny) Gilvary are shown creating story books for use by children in a Haitian orphanage.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

In a group project for the French II classes of teacher Christine Berg, French II students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School have created iBooks that will soon be enjoyed by children in Haiti.

The imaginative original stories – written in French, the literary language of the Caribbean nation – will be stored on two iPads, and shipped to an orphanage in Haiti. The project, coordinated through the Haitian People’s Support Project, is being funded by a grant from Foreign Language Educators of New Jersey.

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RBR PHOTO MAJORS TOPS IN CAMERA CONTEST

RBR photo winnersIn early May, photography majors from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School took part in the Ocean County Camera Club Photo Contest. Among the 50 winners in 450 entries are (left to right) RBR students Bridget Kelly, Cat Ishimasa (Honorable Mention in the Monochromatic category), Sam Havens (First Place in the Photographers Choice/Monochromatic category), Anya Carney, Juliet Slattery, and Kathleen Flynn. Photos by Bridget and Anya (whose entry can be seen at center of picture) will be displayed in a show at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. next October.

RFH GIRLS TAKE FOURTH STRAIGHT SCT TITLE

Morgan Steinhacker scored back-to-back goals to start the second half to give Rumson-Fair Have a five-goal lead over Shore Regional in the Shore Conference Tournament final at Monmouth University Monday, and the Bulldogs never looked back. Brittany Bruno and Kyra Weiner ended up with three goals apiece for RFH to lead the Lady Bulldogs to their fourth straight SCT title with the 13-5 win. Shore Sports Zone has all the highlights and post-game reaction from Monmouth University on video.

RFH is the top seed in South Jersey Group 2, and will host number 16-seed Paul VI in the first round on Wednesday.